Listen to this, all you people!Psalm 49:1–2
Pay attention, everyone in the world!
High and low,
rich and poor—listen!
God inspired the writer of this Psalm to begin by saying…
This is important! Pay attention!
What is it that God wants us to KNOW?
That worldliness is futile!
He wants us to KNOW that power, possessions, and popularity can’t save us. It may make a difference for a moment but there is nothing this world has to offer that can save us or last eternally.
No one can ever pay enough to live forever.Psalm 49:8b–9a
Only God can redeem our souls!
But as for me, God will redeem my life.Psalm 49:15
He will snatch me from the power of the grave.
We don’t deserve God’s redeeming grace.
God, in His grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed His life, shedding His blood.Romans 3:24–25a
We can’t buy it.
Instruct those who are rich in the present age not to be arrogant or to set their hope on the uncertainty of wealth, but on God, who richly provides us with all things to enjoy.1 Timothy 6:17
We can’t earn it.
God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.Ephesians 2:8–9
There is nothing in this world that can save us from the eternal punishment we deserve because of our sins.
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.Romans 3:23
No amount of money. No amount of good works. No amount of praise or adulation from people.
Yet God, in His grace, freely makes us right in His sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding His blood.Romans 3:24–25
So, God says, “Listen, pay attention!” Living for power, possessions, and popularity is futile. There is only one thing that’s important—one truth that lasts forever…
God graciously gave His Son to make it possible for us to be redeemed.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16 (ESV)
Let’s thank and praise God…
A Prayer Thanking God for His
Grace and Redeeming Love
Father, I need Your grace and redeeming love. I am a sinner. I want to honor and obey You with everything I do and say but I fail. I want to make wise choices when I’m tempted to pursue power, possessions, and popularity. But I’m inconsistent. Please forgive me. I do things You call sin and don’t do things that You command.
And no matter how badly I want to fix it, how much I want to repay my debt… I can’t. I can’t buy it. I can’t earn it. There is nothing I can do to deserve it. But Your love is so high, wide, deep, and long that You sent Jesus to suffer my punishment for me. He paid the price for my weaknesses and failures.
I believe that Jesus is my Lord and Savior. I have hope because of Your grace and redeeming love. I have peace knowing that I am forgiven. And I anticipate that through Jesus, I will live forever in Your presence.
Paul wrote that I have been “bought with a price so glorify God with Your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:20) I want to glorify You with my whole life. I want to live every moment with gratitude. I want to trust and follow Your will.
Please work in me and help me SEEK, KNOW, LOVE, TRUST, and OBEY You. You are worthy. I love you. I thank you. I praise you. I give myself to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
When the enemy of our souls tempts us to believe we need more of the world . . . more power, more possessions, and more popularity, he’s lying!
There is nothing we can do to redeem ourselves.
In this life – Leadership can’t last. Treasures don’t last. Fame doesn’t last. Nothing lasts eternally.
God promises eternal life. Life that lasts forever . . . a future filled with hope, an eternity in His kingdom and His presence.
That is His redeeming love.
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by His great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.1 Peter 1:3–4
May God bless you and assure you of His grace and redeeming love.
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